Release Date: 29 Jul 2011
Genre: Action - Thriller
Genre: Action - Thriller
Game hosts (also called umpires or referees) begin by advertising that a game is being set up and instruct potential players to send in their personal details. Once enough players have signed up, the game host assigns targets to the players. A player is usually told the personal details of their target as collected by the game host. The aim of the game is for players to track down and eliminate their targets until only one player remains. When a player eliminates their target, they get the victim's target(s). If only one player remains, the game is over.
Eliminations (also known as kills) occur when a target is removed from the game because of their targeter's actions. Game rules always list the actions that cause elimination. For example, an elimination could involve wetting the target with a water pistol. Targets that are eliminated tend to remain eliminated. Some rules allow players to eliminate their killer (self- defense). Airsoft pistols are sometimes used for the game, but not on campuses. A safe-zone is a place that protects a player from elimination. Safe-zones are declared by game hosts. They are picked to maximize fairness and minimize disruptiveness. Safe-zones that increase fairness are places players are required to go and places players live. Safe-zones that decrease disruptiveness are places where formal activities happen (e.g., classrooms, religious buildings, and workplaces).
Some variations have teams of assassins hunting down other teams. This allows the team to plan out moves tactically, and you only move on once your team has eliminated the entire target team.
Eliminations made in the presence of a witness (or witnesses) might not count and might result in the publication of the assassin's identity.
Game hosts might assign certain items to be worn or actions to be performed that protect the wearer or performer from elimination. These items or actions are called safeties. The safety can last for one specific day or last for the duration of the game. By wearing silly items or performing outlandish actions, players have more fun and can spread knowledge of the game to people not currently playing.
Some games have "police forces", often composed of eliminated players, whose job is to track down rule breakers. Some have time limits on eliminations and penalize players not eliminating. Some allow non-players and eliminated players to participate, acting as informants and bodyguards. Depending on the set rules, an assassin may even be hunted by a group—this is a good way to keep the finalists busy and ensures that all those in the group remain interested as well.